Over the past few weeks, this blog has been covering some of the reasons why you should attend this year’s joint AASLH/MMA conference. We’ve been telling you about the networking opportunities, the awesome events organized by AASLH, and the sessions hand-picked by MMA with you in mind. Attending the conference will also give you the opportunity to visit downtown Detroit and experience the resurgence of the city firsthand. The Cobo Center is just steps away from it all!
The People Mover passing by the Cobo Center
There are so many reasons to attend. But this week we’re changing gears to talk about one of the challenges of attending this year: the cost. The AASLH conference is more expensive than our annual MMA conference typically is. For non-members the cost is $343. The early-bird member rate is $253 and the cost for full-time student members is slightly lower at $195. Tours, events, workshops, and luncheons are all extras you can choose to pay for in addition to the base registration fee. This can all add up and is definitely more of a financial commitment than the regular MMA conference. Although the cost is high, the conference will be well worth it and we hope to see you there. So, we want to make sure all MMA members are aware of the opportunities available to help offset the cost of attending this year’s conference.
Here are a few:
MMA Members get the AASLH Member Rate
Although registration is being handled through AASLH, MMA members will also get the member rate! Current MMA members should have already received an email with a code to enter during registration. Contact Lisa at email@example.com if you haven’t received yours. Remember to register before July 29th to get the early-bird rate.
MMA Conference Scholarship: new this year!
MMA is offering a number of scholarships for members. Scholarships will cover the cost of the full conference registration, the MMA Awards Lunch, and will also include a stipend to help cover the cost of other events or travel expenses. The stipend will be $200 and will be issued after the conference as a reimbursement. Can’t attend the entire conference? Don’t worry! You can still apply for a scholarship for a one day registration. The stipend that accompanies a one day scholarship will be $100. Since there are other opportunities to offset conference expenses for students (see below) this scholarship is primarily intended for members. But students are still welcome to apply. Head over to the MMA Conference page to learn more. The deadline to apply for the conference scholarship is July 8th and you can download the application here.
So far, MMA has secured enough sponsors to offer 13 scholarships, 10 of which have been provided through the generosity of the 2016 AASLH Local Planning Committee. MMA is still looking for additional sponsors through the end of June so that we can offer even more scholarships. If you or your organization would be interested in becoming a sponsor you can learn more here.
AASLH is also offering a number of Annual Meeting Scholarships, including the 2016 Detroit Fellowships for Minority Professionals. There are ten of these and they are also sponsored by the 2016 AASLH Local Planning Committee. Read more about the other AASLH scholarships that are available here. The deadline to apply is July 1st for the remaining scholarships, so act quickly!
If you are a full-time student: volunteer at the conference!
Student volunteers receive a complementary conference registration if they work a total of 8 hours, broken up into two 4 hour shifts. Volunteers will be doing things like monitoring sessions, distributing session evaluations, and assisting with transportation to evening events. If you’re interested, you can sign up here.
Conference goers having fun last year at the University of Michigan Museum of Art
I know it’s more expensive than we are used to, but this year’s conference is going to be excellent and I would hate to hear that my Michigan colleagues missed it because of the cost. So, apply for scholarships, share a room with a friend or coworker, and come join us for one of the biggest and most exciting MMA conferences yet!
Detroit Institute of Arts
MMA Communications Team